Your Best Life Now
Dr. Steve McSwain is an award-winning author, speaker, and spiritual teacher. His books, blogs, and talks on spirituality have endeared him to thousands world wide. Raised by Baptist parents in a strict Christian home, Steve followed in his father's footsteps and became a highly successful minister. By his mid-thirties, he was already senior minister in one of the largest congregations in the south. He had attained all the outward symbols of ministerial success. But inside, Steve was not at peace. The "We're Right! You're Wrong!" mentality - so typical of religious fundamentalism -- bothered him the most. It took the sudden death of his father, however, before a personal crisis erupted in Steve's soul. He explains, "All the questions about my faith I had buried for years came to the surface of consciousness with the crisis evoked by my father's death." Questions like "Who am I?" "Why am I here?" "Is spirituality just believing in the 'right' stuff?" "And, how do we know what we believe is right, anyway?" "What about other religions?" Steve decided to leave the pastoral ministry to find himself...to connect with Source…to discover and live an authentic spiritual life. One afternoon an inner, spiritual awakening occurred. Just as unexpected as his father's passing, Steve says, "I just woke up. I'm not sure what to make of it. But my search ended…an ineffable presence and peace came over me and nothing has ever been the same since." Today, Dr. McSwain is a popular spiritual teacher, sharing his remarkable story of spiritual enlightenment through his blogs, books and talks. A Christian by faith, he's also a student of Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism and a practitioner of other traditions. When asked by those in his faith tradition, "How can you be a Christian but embrace other religions?" Dr. McSwain responds by quoting Mother Teresa of Calcutta. When similarly questioned, Mother Teresa responded, "I love all religions. But I'm IN LOVE with my own." Dr. McSwain is the author of The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God - chosen at the Global Book Expo in NYC as a finalist for "Most Inspirational Book of the Year." He and his wife, Pam, are the proud parents of four children and an increasing number of grandchildren. They make their home in Louisville, Kentucky.
COMMUNICATE What could be more important than learning how to communicate? Here are five ways to enhance communication in your own life… Dr. Steve McSwain…is an author, speaker, leadership coach, counsel to non-profits, faith-based organizations and congregations, an adjunct Professor […]
Suicide Saint Augustine believed this in the fifth century and, as a consequence, this became the Church’s position regarding suicide for centuries. But Saint Augustine was wrong about this, just as he has been wrong about many other things, including […]
Cheek Turning: “If someone strikes you,” counseled Jesus, “turn the other cheek!” Completely impractical words, wouldn’t you agree? Who does this? You get sucker punched on one side of the face and you’re supposed to submissively turn the other cheek, […]
Another Cardiac Unit Insight… Is Jesus the only way to God? I am often asked, “What did Jesus really mean when, in John 14:6, he is purported to have said, “I am the way…no one comes to the Father but […]
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God and the Power Pivot. Maybe you’ve seen this new gadget marketed by Quirky as the Power Pivot. It has become wildly popular. This one is now in our home and it is providing power to multiple products all from […]
Difficult People At one time or another, we have all had dealings with difficult people. Do you remember the last time you did? Do you recall the last time someone intentionally spoke words to malign your character, question your motives, […]
Walk with God...Mindfulness in Action
To walk with God is the goal of human life. What this means to Christians is not so different than what "mindfulness" means to practitioners of eastern traditions.
Many of you know I wrote a book about walking with God. It is entitled The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God. It's all abou
posted 10:09:50am Sep. 30, 2014 |
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Faith...It's Hard and Difficult and Not for the Faint-of-Heart
Faith is hard work. Hard won, too.
"Just believe!" say some. After all, didn't Jesus say, "Become as a little child?" (Matt. 18:3).
If, by faith, you are talking about - and, many Christians are - subscribing to a neatly packaged box of propositional statements, then yes, of course, faith is n
posted 10:23:17am Sep. 23, 2014 |
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Because I'm Happy...Clap Along If You Feel Like...
"Because I'm happy...clap along..." Pharrel Williams sings it.
"Because I'm happy...clap along..." Miss America sings it.
"Because I'm happy...clap along..." We all sing it.
Frankly, I've heard the popular song so much on the radio and television, I'm ready for a new song. Which IS the prob
posted 8:51:53am Sep. 20, 2014 |
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Today's Religious Rant...from a Professional Ranter
TODAY's RELIGIOUS RANT
Some very conservative Christian friends of mine (and they seem to be growing fewer and fewer in number these days, which saddens me) are so very offended by me and, very often, justifiably so. I can be very cutting and crass and, as a consequence, come across very insensitiv
posted 10:40:55am Sep. 03, 2014 |
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Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion - What I've Learned about Spirituality
Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion. That's the title to Sam Harris' new book.
Now, this should be interesting. For those curious, as I am, about spirituality but who have abandone
posted 8:06:12am Sep. 01, 2014 |
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